Kremlin Bomb Threats – Spread Across Russia
Russia – Over 45,000 Evacuated
In sort of a rather odd twist of fate, news reports coming out of Russia seem to indicate that Russia has been experiencing a wave of bomb threats the past few days that have resulted in over 45,000 individuals being evacuated from over 200 buildings, in 29 Russian cities.
Some suspect that it is either foreign interference or a domestic anti-terror drill.
Today, 15,000 were evacuated from various buildings across Moscow after bomb threat calls were made to 12 shopping centers, 3 train stations and at least 4 universities.
The calls are being made over the internet, which makes them very difficult to trace. It’s been reported that the callers will call into emergency services, name multiple locations and tell emergency services those locations have explosive devices inside.
Of course Russian officials who have searched each location after the calls, have come up empty handed.
It has also been reported that an anonymous source in the law enforcement have told the media that mass evacuations were prompted by a spam attack “masterminded from abroad.”
While several regional news outlets have quoted unidentified military officials who seem to think that the evacuations are part of a Russian anti-terror exercise, performed in preparation for the 2018 World Cup.
Frants Klintsevich, Deputy Head of the Defense Committee said in a phone interview that “There’s never been anything like this before, it’s 100% telephone terrorism. The only goal is to set off destructive processes to sow panic.”
That or, people get so used to them or tired of them that they begin to ignore them…which is not good.
At any rate, several cities in Russia are investigating the calls as “knowingly false reports of terrorist acts,” a criminal offense in Russia that is punishable by up to 3 years in prison.
This is pretty typical Russia for you, conduct these anti-terrorism drills, but do not tell local authorities or citizens so we can test our own systems.
Then again, it could also very well be some group conducting some tests for a future potential attack somewhere in mother Russia.
That also makes sense if you are part of a terrorist organization, do the legwork upfront and look for systematic breakdowns and weaknesses.
Then exploit those breakdowns and weaknesses through a terrorist attack while also having the benefit of having called in so many fake bomb threats, that the citizens wherever the attack might occur, are more likely to blow off and ignore an actual bomb threat.
We may never really know what is behind the mass bomb threats throughout Russia because officials in Russia can’t even seem to agree where the calls are stemming from or why.
Cristal M Clark